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by Angela Bell


“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower, general of the army during World War II and 34th president of the United States, spoke these wise words in an effort to emphasize to each citizen the importance of voting.

Whether it be on social media, news outlets or embedded in a casual conversation, people love to rant over issues they are passionate about. While discussing and analyzing contrary viewpoints is invaluable to shaping a well-informed culture, let it be known: the best way to ensure your voice is heard is to utilize your right as an American to vote.

Americans have the power to guarantee their voices are heard and represented. Let that idea be a crucial civil duty. In other words, vote and vote with knowledge.

The presidential general election on Nov. 8 is quickly approaching, as are the deadlines to register. Friday, Oct. 28 is the deadline to register here in Nebraska, but many states have earlier deadlines so be sure to check. The best way to find information about a state’s registration and voting guidelines is by visiting their website, which provides a link to register online, deadlines and information on how and where to vote. Information about voter registration in Nebraska can be found at

For students from other states that will not be home on election day to attend the polls, inquire about an absentee ballot. A ballot will be sent by mail ahead of time to ensure everyone is able to cast their vote for this important election.

John Quincy Adams once said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

Never conform to the opinions and social highway of the culture. Like Adams said, though one may stand alone in the beginning, the once soft voice advocating for a cause will undoubtedly draw support from like-minded people, morphing into a loud cry for reform. So ensure your voice be heard this election and get registered to vote!


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